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Film / The Heartbreak Kid (2007)

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The Heartbreak Kid is a 2007 romantic comedy starring Ben Stiller, Malin Åkerman and Michelle Monaghan. It is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. Nothing to do with Shawn "The Heartbreak Kid" Michaels.

This film has examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Lila becomes this to Eddie.
  • An Aesop: It's better to be single than to be with the wrong person.
  • Betty and Veronica: Eddie is Archie, Miranda is Betty, and Lila is Veronica.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lila, who doesn't reveal her myriad of annoying habits, mood swings, and oddities until after the wedding.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: The twins who accuse Eddie of being gay and later start a rumor that his wife was killed by an ice-pick murderer.
  • The Brute: Martin.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eddie, especially after marrying Lila.
  • The Chew Toy: Eddie is on the receiving end of all sorts of abuse and humiliation throughout the movie. And he deserves every bit of it.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Lila.
  • Country Matters: Lila calls Eddie this when he tries to treat her sunburn.
  • Cringe Comedy
  • Dirty Old Man: Eddie's father, played by Jerry Stiller. He has an obsession with "crushing pussy" and even suggests that he and Eddie go to Vegas together to tag-team women.
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  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: After the wedding, Lila abuses Eddie both physically and sexually. The abuse is played for laughs. But if the genders were reversed, then it would be a different story...
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Lila has sex with Eddie so vigorously that he even screams in pain. Instead of stopping, she hits him and insults him during sex. It's all played for laughs. If the genders were reversed, none of this would be funny.
  • Downer Ending /Here We Go Again!: Both Played for Laughs.
  • Fanservice: Lila, played by the beautiful actress Malin Åkerman, has many bikini or naked scenes.
    • Fan Disservice: Lila's extremely unkempt private area, shown in all its glory when she er, helps him relieve a jellyfish sting.
  • Gag Boobs: The woman with Eddie's father in Vegas has these.
  • Henpecked Husband: Mac.
  • Hope Spot: When Miranda looks out the window to watch Eddie leave near the end of the film. Naturally, he screws it up again.
    • Tito gives Eddie a small one, making him think Miranda still wants him [Eddie], before saying, "Screw off, I'm joking!"
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  • Humiliation Conga: The man-o-war scene near the end.
  • Insatiable Newlyweds: After the marriage, Lila only thinks about having sex with Eddie all the time, and he finds out in the worst possible way that she's addicted to rough sex and it's particularly painful to him.
  • Jerkass: A lot...
    • Martin is an incredibly nasty human being who has antagonized Eddie from the first meeting for no reason, and whose attempts to protect his cousin Miranda are a little creepy.
    • Lila seems to be a lovely woman, nice and perfect at first sight. After marrying Eddie she reveals herself to be an unpleasant, ignorant, addict to rough and painful sex, has many debts and admits to lying about her job and the identity of her purse thief (in fact, it was her ex-boyfriend whom she owed money). The movie does not confirm whether she intentionally or accidentally hid her worst faults from Eddie until she married him, and at other times she seems to be really just a naive woman unable to realize how problematic she is, but apologizes to Eddie and seems to love him. And although Eddie was really a jerk with her in the second half of the movie by cheating on her with Miranda on their honeymoon, there's no denying that Lila destroying his money and passport before leaving him to his own fate was very wrong.
    • Eddie had every reason to divorce Lila after finding out about all the problems she hid (intentionally or accidentally) from him before marriage. But cheating on Lila with Miranda during her own honeymoon, even lying and manipulating her emotionally to make her feel guilty, even after she sincerely apologized ... Well, let's just say that Eddie deserved all the bad that happened to him in the third act. And judging from the final scene, he doesn't seem to have learned anything.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Martin. He's belligerent and pretty unlikable personality-wise, but he has Miranda's best interests in mind.
  • Karma Houdini: Both Lila and Eddie fall under this category.
  • Love Triangle: Eddie marries Lila, who turns out to be a nightmare, and on their honeymoon, he falls in love with Miranda.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lila, played by the beautiful actress Malin Akerman, in bikini or naked. There are also some nice scenes with Michelle Monaghan.
  • Never My Fault: Surprisingly averted with Eddie has he doesn't blame Lila for causing him to consider cheating on her and admits that he's responsible for everything that happened to him.
  • Overly Long Gag: The montage of Lila singing along to EVERY song on the radio on their way to Mexico, while Eddie is clearly thinking about blowing his brains out.
  • Papa Wolf: Eddie's father when Martin attacks him with a baseball bat.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: Lila. Among other things, she refuses to wear sunblock in Mexico and then accuses Eddie of "siding with the ozone" when she gets a horrific sunburn.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The hobo who Eddie thought was deaf-mute gives him one when he [Eddie] won't stop obsessing over Miranda.
  • Red-and-White Comedy Poster
  • Running Gag: The increasingly annoying mariachi band that always shows up at the worst times.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Eddie is this to Miranda near the end.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Eddie is pretty level-headed at first, but goes into full-on psycho stalker mode by the end of the film.
    • Not to mention that he spends his honeymoon trying to cheat on his new bride. Yeah, she's a complete psycho, but still...


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